Hello fine readers! I’ve just spent over an hour catching up on my bloggy reading – I haven’t read any blogs since this time last week! Nor have I replied to any of the lovely comments left for me this week – so to all you who stopped by and said hi! – sorry I’m such a slacker – I really loved your comments and I will endeavour to reply tomorrow! Especially to the very lovely Una – I’m truly slack and keep thinking, I won’t write now, I’ll write when I have more time to write properly – and then don’t! And hello to the pretty pink petal Sarah – I’m so glad I have you for Rachael’s cupcake swap because your beautiful goodies are just my cup of tea!
So – apologies out of the way – what HAVE I been up to? Well, pretending to pack up the house – and doing badly at it. Spending hours and hours and hours at the airport, delivering girlies to flight attendants so that they can travel home to their families for the holidays and getting delayed by fog. And … flapping about rather uselessly!
(see! not a book has left it’s shelf!)
However, I did call into Peppermint Stitches on Saturday – they were going to call me when they had the full collection of the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric – but I couldn’t wait! So I bought several pieces – of course, I’ll need to go back for more white with caterpillars, I need some purple (didn’t think I would) and of course, the stripe and panel which is still coming.
But I worked on my design and started sewing this morning and I’m mighty pleased thus far. The colours in the collection are SO strong that I decided to use lots of white in every block because this is a baby quilt and I want it to be colourful and rich but not overpowering.
And why do I have to start another project now – when I have so many on the go and I’m moving house – because, and this is the truly exciting bit – Stacey of Peppermint Stitches wants me to be a “quilt model” for her – I didn’t really know what this meant last week, but now I know I’ll be making up quilt tops for her to display in the shop – she’ll have them professionally quilted (yay!) – and she’ll pay me in stash! I’ll also be able to display quilts that I’ve designed with the patterns for her to sell based on the fabrics she has in the store! AAAAAHHH!! She even wants me to teach a patchwork class based on one of the quilt kits she’s ordered. Good golly miss molly!
In between sewing and drawing and writing the following pattern, I’ve been dreaming up the HUNDREDS of things I can make for her – she’s probably cringing at this moment, envisaging her lovely store overrun with lily. In my daydreams there are coasters, aprons, tiered skirts, christmas decorations, lampshades …
Anyhoo, put away your extravagances lily! … here’s the pattern for the My Very Hungry Caterpillar Sampler …
… nice and illegible. I’m really thinking I should buy EQ6 – does anyone have any feedback about it?
The three illustrations from the panel – a beautiful butterly (10 x 20), an egg on a leaf (9 x 12) and a caterpillar (10 x 12) will be off set by collections of blocks, strips of blocks, and larger single blocks, as well as narrow borders of the gorgeous dotty fabrics.
It’s going to be quite detailed, but I really think it’s a shame when such a beautiful collection is released that most of the patterns given for it simply involve taking the panel and whacking on one or two simplistic borders and not even winking at the rest of the fabric available. So there! :-)
Today I’ve made up all the “snowball/eggs” – you know, a little egg lay on a leaf.
They will feature in two parts of the quilt. Then I cut out all the leaves and made up the two leaves which sit next to a collection of eggs.
And I started the row of sun-shiny stars that will make a banner across the top of the quilt. I’m especially fond of the hour-glass in the middle and the arrow effect it has created.
Around the blocks and illustrations will be narrow border of the dots, then a wider – perhaps 4″, I’ll have to wait and see how it cuts – border of the fabulous stripe. Not sure what I’ll bind it in yet.
The tic-tac-tote is coming along so nicely, I thought I would do a My Very Hungry Caterpillar Library Bag version using some of the lovely Weeks Wool Stacey has. How exciting to have access to Weeks Wool here in Brisbane! Awesome!
Hee! hee! hee! Now I have such a legitimate reason for sewing – but this marvellous new development means I also have to stop creating WIPs and make some YIDs (Yay! It’s done!) instead. Wish me luck!